Vice Provost for Research


Overseeing all aspects of the research enterprise at WPI, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research ensures that the university continues to reach proposal development and funding award goals while fostering and monitoring transparent and ethical research practices among faculty, staff, and partners. Faculty are supported through internal grants and seed funding mechanisms to explore new ideas and collaborations and through high-tech instrumentation to enable cutting-edge research. 



Bogdan Vernescu headshot in a blue suitcoat, white shirt, and blue tie

"WPI's world-class research enterprise continues to see significant growth. In the past five years, our funding has increased by 140 percent as our research-active faculty members submit and win increasingly larger proposal funding. WPI continues in make purposeful and strategic gains in attracting outstanding faculty members, developing an internal funding programs to encourage collaboration, promoting valuable resources for faculty and staff, and reinforcing our existing campus infrastructure to support our research across WPI.”

Bogdan Vernescu 
Vice President and Vice Provost for Research and Innovation


Today, the WPI research enterprise comprises $62 million in annual research expenditures, supports a diverse range of research institutes and centers and advances interdisciplinary research in these key focus areas:

WPI’s research contributes discoveries with broad impact. WPI has patented and licensed new technologies and ideas at an ever-increasing rate, expanding work that benefits society, improves lives, and creates jobs while strengthening the revenue stream for the university.   

We drive and support the Research Enterprise, increase impact and visibility, and provide crucial resources for our researchers.

Resources for Researchers


in research expenditures 


research proposals submitted 


patents issued since 2016

George C. Gordon Library 

Find rich digital collections of research and information to inform and guide your literature reviews and proposals in the Gordon Library. Take advantage of expert consultation and tools for identifying grant opportunities and literature, managing citations, and curating your online presence for accuracy and findability by reviewers and grantors.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center focuses on helping innovative ideas turn into reality through seed funding, mentoring, workshops, and networking programs. We teach the basics of entrepreneurial mindset, support the development of ideas, and guide entrepreneurs through foundational skill-building techniques that will result in making an impact for the greater good.